My 15 year old pug is walking around bumping into objects and stumbling. What do you think is wrong with him?

His eyesight is poor and he can't hear, but he hasn't been this active in awhile. He will eat and drink, but appears drunk and unable to keep from bumping into things. Just yesterday he was able to avoid obstacles because although his eyesight is bad, he can still well enough to avoid things in front of him. What do you think is going on?

Asked by Mark Fidelman

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Hi Mark,

Sorry to hear about your dog.

Bumping into objects could certainly be a consequence of worsening vision, but that, with the stumbling, could be a sign of vestibular disease (common in older dogs).

Vestibular disease in older dogs in most cases is idiopathic (we don't know what causes it) and responds to supportive treatment / care although it can recur.

I strongly recommend that he is seen by your veterinarian as a full examination is required to understand what is going on. Please contact them today.

| 02.02.16 @ 15:24
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Mark Fidelman — Vet advised we put him down. We're deciding on it tonight :-( | 02.03.16 @ 01:16
Dr Dave Brooks, BVetMed BSc MRCVS — Mark, very sorry to hear the sad news. My thoughts are with you and your family. | 02.03.16 @ 17:48
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Answered by Linda
That was my first thought, too. My senior Coonhound girl, Suki, first showed signs of it a few years ago. I suspected at first that she had suffered a stroke, as some of the symptoms are similar and I had another dog who had a stoke a number of years before. Suki has managed to live a good quality of life with her vestibular disease. | 02.02.16 @ 20:18
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Answered by Mark Fidelman
Thanks LInda. Vet thinks it's a tumor. | 02.03.16 @ 01:16
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Answered by Mark Fidelman
So Winston passed away yesterday. We believe that after his major seizure (on Feb 1, 2016 - I posted above) that he full recovered from it after a week (we nearly put him down). And gave him anti-seizure medication which seemed to work for the first 3 months. Unfortunately in the last week or so, they returned and steadily grew more frequent. He succumbed yesterday during a seizure in my wife's arms. Not a fun Father's Day, but a treasure of a dog. We'll never forget him. He's been with us since my wife and I met 16 years ago.

RIP Winston April 16, 2000 - June 19, 2016 | 06.20.16 @ 15:12
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Mark, very sorry to hear about the loss of Winston.

Thoughts are with you and the family.

Regards, David

| 06.21.16 @ 06:14
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